You can help us become The FA Charity of the Year by writing to your local MP.
MP for Blaydon and long standing friend of the campaign, Dave Anderson, raised an Early Day Motion in parliament earlier this summer. It read:
'That this House recognises the excellent work of the anti-racist charityShow Racism the Red Card which was established in 1996 with the aim of harnessing the high-profile status of professional footballers as anti-racist role models to combat racism through education; notes that hundreds of top footballers and managers take part in its activities which have made racism the exception rather than the rule at football matches in contrast with experience abroad; further notes that the campaign employs 12 former professional footballers throughout England, Scotland and Wales to coach young people using football as a way of engaging young people with anti-racist messages; welcomes the possibility that the campaign could be selected as the Football Association Charity of the year for 2011 and has so far won the support for this of Gordon Taylor and the Professional Footballers' Association, as well as former England Manager Graham Taylor; and wishes them the best in their endeavours.'
The number of MPs signing the motion is ever increasing, you can check to see if your local MP has signed and supported the motion. If your MP has not, we have written a template letter you can email to them to ask for their support. We are currently building a portfolio of all support received, you can read some messages of support from current and former professional footballers here.
All charities go through a stringent process to become official FA partners and as well as a five figure financial donation from The FA's Community Shield Fund, all charities willl benefit from a direct association with the FA. This can only strengthen our campaign and our work to educate against the dangers of racism. Succesful charities will be notified later this year.